Royal Oak-class ship of the line

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Class overview
Name: Royal Oak
Operators:  Royal Navy
Preceded by: Elizabeth class
Succeeded by: Culloden class
In service: 13 November 1769 - 1818
Completed: 6
General characteristics
Length: 168 ft 6 in (51.4 m) (gundeck)
138 ft 2 in (42.1 m) (keel)
Beam: 46 ft 9 in (14.2 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Armament: 74 guns:
  • Gundeck: 28 × 32 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18 pdrs
  • Quarterdeck: 14 × 9 pdrs
  • Forecastle: 4 × 9 pdrs
Notes: Ships in class include: Royal Oak, Conqueror, Bedford, Hector, Vengeance, Sultan

The Royal Oak-class ships of the line were a class of six 74-gun third rates, designed for the Royal Navy by Sir John Williams. The Alfred class were an enlarged version of the Royal Oak class.

Ships[edit]

Builder: Plymouth Dockyard
Ordered: 16 November 1765
Launched: 13 November 1769
Fate: Broken up, 1815
Builder: Plymouth Dockyard
Ordered: 12 October 1768
Laid Down: October 1769
Launched: 18 October 1773
Completed for Sea: 12 July 1777
Fate: Broken up, November 1794
Builder: Woolwich Dockyard
Ordered: 12 October 1768
Launched: 27 October 1775
Fate: Broken up, 1817
Builder: Adams, Deptford
Ordered: 14 January 1771
Launched: 27 May 1774
Fate: Broken up, 1816
Builder: Randall, Rotherhithe
Ordered: 14 January 1771
Launched: 25 June 1774
Fate: Broken up, 1816
Builder: Barnard, Harwich
Ordered: 14 January 1771
Launched: 23 December 1775
Fate: Broken up, 1816

References[edit]

  • Lavery, Brian (2003) The Ship of the Line - Volume 1: The development of the battlefleet 1650-1850. Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-252-8.
  • Winfield, Rif. British Warships of the Age of Sail 1714-1792: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates, pub Seaforth, 2007, ISBN 1-86176-295-X